Installation series from ONLI STUDIOS presented at the DuSable Museum in Chicago.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Deans, Curators, & Department Chairs please take note.

Visiting Artist / Artist In Residence / Faculty Position Availability.

Areas of Concentration and Practice:

  1. Art Therapy and Art Education in the Urban Sector
  2. Contemporary Dynamic Art Appreciation
  3. Drawing, Painting, Illustration Sequential Art/Comic Book Illustration
  4. World History of Comic Books & graphic Novels
  5. Multicultural Images and The Black Age Movement
  6. Afro-Futurism, Rhythmism, Future-Primitifism
  7. Student to Professional Preparation and Transition


Curriculum and standards based guided studio practice, lectures, and exhibitions.
One week or one month arrangements preferred.

I am available and very interested in securing dynamic arrangements with leading Universities, Museums or Colleges as an Artist in Residence, Full Time Faculty , or Visiting Artist in the near future. The first week of April or the Summer of 2012 would be ideal for limited and focused engagements.


Masters in Art & Art Therapy and a BFA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Adjunct Professor of Art Appreciation and Studio Drawing At Harold Washington College in Chicago. I also taught at Columbia College in Fashion Illustration, Introduction to Art Therapy and Children's Book Illustration.

Five time Visiting Artist at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Independent Graphic Novelist and Publisher

No Child Left Behind/Highly Qualified Art Education and Digital Media Instructor in the Chicago Public Schools 1991 until 2011.

Founder of the Black Age of Comics Movement, the Rhythmistic Fine Art Movement and a key pioneer of Afro-futurism.

The following is a selected list of my career landmarks.

  • Cool Globe Artist.
  • Major Market Freelance illustrator.
  • Extensive exhibition history.
  • Former Art therapist
  • Career indie publisher of graphic novels.
  • Coach of Women and High School Girls' Basketball
  • Producer of 14 Black Age of Comics Conventions in Chicago.

See blog posts for student work, visual samples and professional background. References available upon requests.

Contact: Email: Mr. Turtel Onli M.A.A.T.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Over the years I have taught studio classes and art appreciation to both high school and college students. Above is a college student posed with her self-portrait and below a high school group assisting me in completing a Cool Globe.

A prize is won or earned! Degrees. Love. Life. Fine Art. Fine Music. Fine Jewels. Fine Fashions.
Fine shoes. Fine friends. Fame & family. Legacy. Trophies. Goals. Pride. Prizes like spoils are
not given. Life is the fuel! Effort the process!!
Being at one with the Rhythm.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Intelligence, passions, values, culture, beauty & status are expressed in one's visual arts collection. ( Art, Jewelry, Cars, Real Estate & Fashion. ) Collectors and curators may appreciate that Rhythmism is another aesthetic approach in this process with growing potential. The traditional application of the Four-Step Critique helps the viewer to objectively digest these works of visual art.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Due to my background as a major market illustrator I pass a variety of practical and dynamic drawing techniques and design sensibilities to many of my students.
Our studio focus was on mastering dry media.
Student Art display/critique at Harold Washington College.

Self Portraits by my college students' work and mine.
Students at work.

Setting up a display at the Little Black Pearl Center for the Arts in Chicago.
Due to sensitivity about the Rhythmistic nude cover image ONLI STUDIOS redesigned the cover of its Studio portfolio tradebook, "NO EVILS". This will make it easier to display the book in gift shops and book stores. Otherwise the content is unchanged.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My future-primitif Rhythmistic 1980, 30"W X 40"H, graphite treatment of Jimi Hendrix that I created as part of a collection to commemorate his kindred Rhythmistic passages. It was collected by a Rhythmistic patron who wishes not to be named.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Here is a recent Rhythmistic watercolor treatment that combines the Western & Chinese Zodiac's Year of the Rat and Sagittarius.
"I think I just made a Rhythmistic-car connection during the Italian Expo 2011 at the Bridgeport Art Center, which was held upstairs from my studio." ZOOOM!
Future-Primitivism is a practice that is live & well among us on so many levels.
"I am nearing the 10th anniversary of a studio fire that was both devastating and cleansing. Life in the arts is a life like no other!"
The "Danse of the 911 Phoenix" was created on 912.
"Femme Chat" was created by Onli in Paris in 1977. Rhythmism rox!
All three were deconstructed by Onli recently.

Rhythmism bridges the 20th & 21st Centuries with its progressive conceptual growth potential and design dynamics. It is showing up in fine and applied visual art on a regular basis.  As a teen
Onli viewed the core creative work of Jimi Hendrix as moving beyond the limits of urban or regular Black music by his embrace of thems related to sci-fi or mystism.  The basic unit of rhythm seemed to link larger aspects of compositions together. 

Thus Onli started using the term "Rhythm" to chart a new ambitious genre. He is still working on that one. 

Why imitate when one can innovate?
Brilliantly bold art critics have often addressed the innovative aspects of the Rhythmistic movement.  Here the future potential of Onli's works were addressed in a review.  Onli rarely would say no to a chance to show his artwork in galleries, school, stores or publications.

Collectors and curators will note that Onli is credited with two movements and visual arts terms. They are Rhythmism and the Black Age. of Comics.

"The Rhythmic Zone happens every 3rd Friday at ONLI STUDIOS." 

Projection and expression come together at these gatherings of creative visual artists, classical musicians, writers and enthusiast. The goal is to offset the asbence of Rhythmistic visual art in most commercial galleries.  It is the tree in the forest that made to loud noise as others pretended not to hear.  The idea of "Black" and visual genius going together is seriously surpressed.  The art of Blacks is almost always limited as expressions of passions and emotions and rarley referred to as being smaple of higher cognition.  We think, therefore we do. Adventures of intellect.  Excursions of the mind.

Since my teen years I have been looking to add these human qualities to the Rhythmistic experience.  Design elements and principles manipulated by thought along with purpose and communication.  While stated in a future-primitif context."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Power To The Art!!

Who should control how people, institutions, schools, and investors view the creative visual arts industry and practices that have proliferated since the late 20th Century? Will it be the traditional museums & institutions? Will it be upstart and vintage collectors and their organizations? Will it be educational establishments and the focus of their curriculum? Or will it flow from innovative visual artistic geniuses and their dedicated outreach & practices.

Curiously there was a panel discussion on the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center Oct. 22nd forChicago Artists Month that danced around this topic. The panelists included a museum founder/executive, a City Arts Administrator, an emerging collector. Not only did the undercurrent of the dialog seem to reduce the stance or value of "the Artist" to how they related to being an asset to the needs of these entities but afterwards they left the premise without visiting the massive Artists Studios Open House and Gallery Exhibition called "Creative Cornerstones"on the 4th floor given by the Artists of East Bank, who had invited the panelists in the first place. They left on a crowed elevator. When it stopped on the floor below and the doors opened revealing part of the art on exhibit only one enlightened collector walked out to visit this important showcase & open house.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Click on link. Look down at the small thumbnail scroll bar to find this image. Submit your vote!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A brief interview on Rhythmism.
You are invited to visit ONLI STUDIOS is located on the 4th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.
Friday October 21st: Group Exhibition & reception.
4E Gallery 4th Floor and Open Studios: 5pm to 10pm.

Saturday, Oct. 22nd: Open Studios 1pm to 6pm
"Creating a community Through the Arts"
Panel discussion 5th floor 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Sunday, Oct. 23rd: Open Studios 1pm to 6pm.
Artful Brunch 3rd Floor Noon .

Call 773-726-1610 for appointments.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

At the Tubman Museum's Afro Futurism exhibition ONLI STUDIOS' images were tastefully situated near those of Marvel Comics' and Big City's. Marvel's character defended his Kingdom, Big City's a city while ONLI STUDIOS'
NOG defends an entire planet. Quite the syllogism.
It was great to see my work along with all of the important visual art work in this vibrant exhibition. Just as tough-love is still love, graphic-novel art is still art! Rhythmism has been waiting a long time for this....
The Afro Futurism exhibition was the perfect setting for my Rhythmistic Nubic hero, "NOG: The Protector of the Pyramides" of Planet NUBA.

Friday, August 5, 2011

I recently visited the Primitive Gallery in Chicago for a musical/spiritual event to benefit His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama featuring a presentation of "Compassion" by the Musicians of Millenia Music. I roamed about the gallery and took in the creative embrace from the ancestors
to add direct presence to my growing creative thesis of contemporary Future-Primitif art.......or Rhythmism.

While this display set the garments in a tasteful yet out of context presentation I thought I would mimic the pose to share in the choreography. Being briefly at one with them. The esthetic power in that gallery travels from flow to item to artifact.....garment to statue. Image to impression. From the past to the present. Future-primitif.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tubman Museum: Is featuring a very important multimedia exhibition on Afro Futurism that includes my Rhythmistic character "NOG: The Protector of the Pyramides".

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Web site link: ONLI STUDIOS
Click on the images to enjoy them at their fullest!
I look forward to your comment.

All images and text Copyright 2011 Turtel Onli all rights reserved
and posted or explored for educational purposes.

Feel free to contact Onli with your
interest to appraise, publish or acquire.

"No Evils: A Rhythmistic studio portfolio from Turtel Onli."

Many intelligent art critics, collectors and students of the craft are finding this studio portfolio helpful in learning that insight, multiculturalism, artistic technique, lyrical sensibility and vision are as much a part of Rhythmism as is talent and personal vision. Universal in its expression and impact this growing collection is inspired by the vintage tale of the three sage-wise Chinese monkeys who advise us to not Seek, Heed, or Speak any Evil. Instead of the typical cute primates Onli visualizes boldly powerful bald goddess-like women and iconic images of males in Rhythmistic or naturalistic idyllic settings. Onli gifts collectors of his fine art with an autographed edition of the book.

You can collect "No Evils" via the link above or secure an autographed one directly from Onli Studios using this email. .

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

You can buy "NOG NU!! the world's first Rhythmistic hero. This character and more Rhythmisitc works are featured in the "Riffing the Real: Afro-Futurism in the Arts" exhibition at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon Georgia the Summer & Fall of 2011.
"As The Sirens Sweetly Sang": Oils on canvas with an archival profile. Each section is 40" X 30" and well crafted with quality oil paint in that far reaching future-primitif style. It suggests a narrative of Sirens or Mermaids coming to the aid of innocent sea creatures who were the victims of the Gulf of Mexico's oil spill in the Spring of 2010 symbolizing the capacity of humanity to reverse the ill effects of such events. This award wining triptych is in Onli's growing portfolio of Rhythmistic master works.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Onli presented the intensely alluring "Acid Tongue" drawing at a major art convention in Chicago in 2010. Media: Prismacolor pencils on acid free board. Size: 24" X 18". This work is still in his studio portfolio.

"I love sharing my Rhythmistic works with folks. People make these immediate connections to the future-primitif familiarity in them."

"I have been doing
this for a long time."

Two Rhythmistic treatments by Onli.

Rhythmism found its way to be part of the highly successful "Cool Globes" traveling show that supported positive approaches to dealing with global warming issues. My globe is called, "Itz A Rhythmistic World".

The Afro futuristic elements along with the Rhythmistic approach adds to the universal impact of this work of public art.

"Life imitates afro futuristic Rhyhmistic fine art in the look of this woman who attended one of my exhibitions. Gallery goers thought she was the model for my "No Evils" canvas painting. This painting is part of my growing "No Evils" portfolio of fine art."

Gallery exhibitions are like going to a concert to experience quality music.